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Lecturer, History

Associate Faculty Fellow in the CDRH

635 Oldfather Hall
University of Nebraska—Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-4100

James is a historian of the Atlantic World and the Early Americas, and he has written on colonial empires, architecture, material culture, labor, slavery, and religion. His current project is entitled "Constructing Empires: Architecture, Power, and Provincial Experience in the Atlantic World." James' digital humanities work focuses on advanced spatial visualizations, particularly 3D virtual reconstructions of historical architectural sites. He is currently working to customize online game engines for the real time display of different humanities data in persistent virtual environments. Examples of his work are available at

James received a PhD from Northwestern University in 2011, and attended the University of Kansas as an undergraduate.

James Coltrain